I made some monster number cards for my little ones to use this week. I am sure they will love the monsters and we are continuing to practice counting to 10 and counting out objects. You can grab them over at my tpt store.  Enjoy!

Monster Number Matching Cards

After a somewhat crazy week (Ethan is getting his back molars and has been running a fever off and on) and just crazy at school too (the full moon is definitely effecting my students and parents!), I am ready for the weekend! This week we just focused on Halloween and reviewed songs that we have been practicing the last couple of weeks. A lot of the students are singing along now which is fun to hear and see them act out the actions. Here are some of the things we did.
We made ghosts.
On Wednesday, we had the local fire department visit and they showed the equipment they use to the students and the kids got to go on the fire truck.

Tissue paper mummies.

Marshmallow mummies.

The students used spray bottles filled with paint to fill in stencils.

This was done last week, but I forgot to take a picture. Here is our Go Away Green Monster.
Have a fabulous weekend!
Here is the sub schedule I was talking about. The picture of circle time is on the main schedule and then I move the picture (of circle time) over to here and each of the things done in circle are removed as we do it. I hope this clarifies that!

Well, our ASD consultant came in on Monday and gave me some suggestions to help one of my students that is ASD. She suggested that I make a vertical schedule and stress the all done part so that my students with ASD knows that we are moving on to the next activity. She also suggested and I will try to get a picture of this, a sub schedule for circle time. When I show the circle time picture (the second one) move it to the sub schedule and then move the main picture to the all done side once circle time is completed. So I will be trying this schedule and hopefully it will help all the students!

This past week was a lot of fun as we learned about monsters and made monsters. We read some reallt fun books too!

Go Away Big Green Monster

We made shape monsters.

Blowing paint to make our monsters.

My kids have loved the Halloween sensory bin and have enjoyed exploring in it. Some of my students with autism have loved the beans on their hands when they are running their hands back and forth in the bin.

Yesterday we made the green monster from Go Away Big Green Monster. I will make sure to post them as they were super cute! Lots of fun this week! Today is Ethan's birthday party so I am off to get ready for that. It should be a lot of fun!

 Today when I was checking out some blogs, The Puzzling World of Autism, had shared my blog and here are my nominations. :)
Here are the rules:

Cynthia at 2nd Grade Pad is hosting this BOO'D linky. 

1. Choose a fellow blogger that has MORE followers.
2. A blogger that has about the SAME number of followers .
3. Someone that has LESS followers.
4. Highlight their blogs with links to encourage others to check them out.
5. Don't forget to let your fellow bloggers know that you shared about them.
6. Lastly, leave them some love by offering them a goody from your store as their "treat."
Well, I had to pick two of my favorite blogs that have more because I love all their ideas and they are also special ed blogs that I found very helpful!

Sped-Ventures Kara is also from Michigan and I have been loving her Tasty Tuesdays posts!

 I loved Amanda's Dog's Colorful Day Activities. Definitely check those out!

The same number of followers (roughly) is Special Teacher for Special Kids. She has some great teaching resources.

Special Teacher for Special Kids

Wild and Fun in PreK
Jessica has shared some fun activities done in her classroom!

Definitely check out these blogs for some great ideas and resources!
Many of my little ones really struggle with fine motor skills. Here are a couple of activities to help them improve! Drawing vertically is great for strengthening their wrist to hold the writing utensil correctly. Here the students are drawing a person on a chalkboard. Also, using small pieces of crayons or chalk help the students to use their fingers rather than grasping the utensil.

Before drawing a person we practiced matman with the individual foam matmen I made.

Here the students are using the yoga ball and they pushed it back to Ms. Nancy our OT with both hands (hands opened, not fists). They also practiced sitting on their bottoms, placing their hands flat on the carpet and holding their legs up. Ms. Nancy would roll the ball to the kids and they would push it back with their legs.  

Here they rolled on to the ball and walked with their hands to get a jack-o-lantern and place it into the larger jack-o-lantern.

Our OT is awesome and has taught me a lot on how to help my kids to strengthen their core and their hands for writing and better posture.

I did a similar We're Busy in Preschool spider following reading The Very Busy Spider by: Eric Carle. It was cute to see what some of the kids favorite things about school was (playing with babies and playing in the kitchen). The picture is a little dark, but hopefully you can see it. The original idea came from: Mrs. William's Kinders

We also discussed Halloween objects. I have the students try to say the word or repeat it if they are not sure what the picture is. Then, the students glue the pictures on to the paper.

We counted out Spiders in a book created by Shannon Martin at Kindergarten Hoppenings.
We also practiced clipping on clothespins to clips. The numbers are on the back as to how many clips they need to add to the spider.

The students liked exploring the sensory bags I just made.

We painted white circles black and cut out the wings to create these cute bats.

Halloween sensory bin.

Here is Ethan's Halloween costume. We were trying it on for this weekend. We are going to Metamora campground with family to just hang out and do some trick or treating around the campground. It should be fun! :) Next week we are going to be doing monster activites, which I am also really looking forward too! I missed that week last year because my little guy was born. I can't believe he turns one on Wednesday! Where does the time go?!

I finally have finished my Construction Math and Literacy Activities. It is definitely more challenging to do this when school is back in full swing! Pre-K-and K Construction Literacy and Math Activities is available for purchase on my tpt site. I lots of boys in my classes and am looking forward to using this with them in the spring. I am going to incorporate it into my transportation unit in February.

Activities included:
On the Construction Site Emergent Reader (this, is, a) p.3-7
•Fill the Dump Truck Mats p.8-11
•Fill the Truck Counting Book (#s1-10) p. 12-23
•Complete the AB and ABC Pattern Board p.24-26
•AB, ABC pattern Review and Ordinal Position p.27-28
•Construction Colors Book p. 29-37
•Matching Construction Trucks p.38
•Construction Alphabet and Number Games (7) p. 39-47
•Pom-Pom Magnet or Play-doh Mats p. 49-56
•Where is the truck? Positional Word Book p. 57-64
•Construction Song and Johnny’s Hammer Song p. 65-66


 I just love fall! There are so many fun units and themes to do! This week we focused on pumpkins and these are some of our fun activities we did.

We made the 5 little Pumpkins with a circle sponge and a q-tip was used to make the faces. We also made the 5 Little Pumpkins book by prekinders.com

We made scarecrows.

Next door they made acorns by painting the acorn and adding torn paper at the top and adding cinnamon. So cute!
We put stickers on numbers 5-8.

We put clothespins on pumpkins. Great for their fine motor skill developement!

We put pumpkins in order from biggest to smallest.

We learned about the pumpkin life cycle.

We also mixed red and yellow paint to make pumpkins and one of my little ones wanted to add a face to make his a jack-o-lantern.
 Next week we are going to be learning about spiders and bats! Have a fabulous weekend!

I love fall and Halloween and since Ethan was born in fall I think I even love it more now! I made these using Mason jars and am really happy with how they turned out. :)

My kids LOVE these! I just used a cool whip container and cut five holes into the lid. You can use porcupine balls or pom poms. It is great for fine motor skills and something the kids can do independently.
Head on over to 4th Grade Frolics to Link up!

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